Change Mindset: Gamel Tells Fans
Vodafone national football head coach Christophe Gamel has made a special plea to soccer fans: “Change your mindset towards supporting the national side in all their matches.
“The people need to follow what has happened to our national sevens rugby team in as far as supporting the team whether they lose or win.”
Gamel’s comments come ahead of Fiji’s clash against New Zealand in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Churchill Park, Lautoka, this Saturday.
“A lot of fans come to watch the match with a negative thought that Fiji will lose,” Gamel said.
The national side will be at full strength on Thursday with the return of the Rewa players who have been tied up with the Champions League competition. The former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) assistant coach said obviously Fiji would be disadvantaged with having to get together only two days before the important fixture.
“Of course you cannot get ready with a full squad with three days before a team like New Zealand who are champions of the Oceania region.
“The most important thing for me is if those players returning are ready to play another high level match after having to come back and recuperate.
“Yes we are definitely disadvantaged by this and we need to re-look at such things so that we do not let it happen again.
“It is a gap that needs to be closed when you are talking about going from amateurs to professionals.”
Gamel said this needs to be looked at well in advance so that when such matches are scheduled, all national players are in camp well ahead of the match date.
There were some injuries with players but the coach was hopeful everyone would be fit by Thursday before the final squad is named.
Gamel said the main focus of training this week would be from a tactical point as there was not enough time for training.
However, he was relying on players having being playing matches which has kept their fitness level up to a certain extent.